Liverpool manager Brendan Rodger is very upbeat about the coming season after having arrived in one of new partner airline Garuda Indonesia’s specially painted Airbus A330-300 that has on the fuselage Liverpool’s Liver bird logo and the words “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Rodgers did some shopping early for the Reds having already signed Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, with the promise of more to come.
So far everything is going well with the pre-season training and the tour of Asia, but the Northern Irishman knows that a team with a name and reputation as big as Liverpool needs to be playing in the Champions League.
“The Champions League is a competition we’re fighting to get in,” Rodgers told reporters at a press conference in Jakarta.
“The great name of Liverpool as a club and the history of the club dictate that we should be in that competition. There’s no other measure for us.
“The challenge is very, very difficult because of the competitors now in England. We have to continue to fight – and I believe we can put up a great fight this year.
“It was very difficult for us last season with a new infrastructure and a new way of working and playing, but I believe this season we can put up a great fight. Let’s hope we can get back to where the club belongs.”
Last season Liverpool finished a disappointing 7th in the league, but Rodgers has said that this season the team will be in a much stronger position to compete than where they were last year.
He added: “I’ve looked at how we’ve started our pre-season and that start base and foundation is already in place.
“Last year at the club, it was really about putting together the infrastructure of the club again, looking to rebuild and put lots of facets in place that will really help us going forward. From what I have seen this summer so far, even in pre-season, I really believe there is a real stability there.
“In England, it has shown over the years that the teams that have went on and done well have had that stability. I’m very sure we can really challenge this year and the stability is important for that.”
“We really want to have a greater fight for the Champions League spots right from the very first whistle.
“That’s our prime aim and we would like to do well in the cup competitions. Our squad was a little bit thin last year, but this year we’re going into those [cup competitions] as well as the league and look to make the steps we want to make.
“The four new players have settled in really well and all looked very, very good in their first two weeks of training. I’m really happy with them.”
Liverpool will face the Indonesian national side in Jakarta of Saturdays the 20th of July before flying out to Australia where they will play the Melbourne victory on Wednesday before jetting off for their final match against Thailand in Bangkok on Sunday the 28th of July.
It is a tough road for Liverpool o get to a top four finish, but if they play as well as they finished off last season they have every chance to finish in the top four.